The Novel "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time" Is Simply The Story Of A Young Autistic Boy. It Has No Other Merits. Do You Agree?

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The novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" isn't just a young autistic boy's story. Whilst it does describe the protagonist Christopher Boone's "reality", the narrative is much deeper. The issues that surround Christopher are vital to the storyline, providing a complexity that suggests the "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is far from simple. While a major part of the novel, autism is not the only theme explored. In addition to autism itself, the effects of this disorder are central to the characters involved in Christopher's life, and is the root cause of many dramatic events. The break-up of Christopher's parents Ed and Judy can partially be attributed to their son's behavioural problems, which leads to more problems. In "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" there are two authors; writer Mark Haddon and Christopher Boone, a sufferer of the disorder autism. Haddon uses Christopher as a means of expressing the human condition - that we all struggle, all achieve and all fail repetitively throughout our lives. Although Christopher thinks and behaves in a different way to us, readers can recognise his humanity and identify with his feelings of terror, anger and wanting to be alone. Instead of judging, Haddon encourages us to redefine our perceptions of those with autism and other marginalised groups in our society."The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is written in the first person from the point of view of an autistic boy named Christopher Boone. He lives in Swindon in England and looked after solely by his father Ed Boone. Ed carries out many essential duties in addition to those of a father, in accordance with his son's specific needs. These needs affect Mr Boone greatly, and to deal with this constant pressure and stress, Mr Boone turns to alcohol. Combined with his annoyance concerning Christopher's idiosyncrasies, this substance abuse sometimes leads Mr Boone to lash out at Christopher, both verbally and physically. This unmanageable anger leads to the killing of the Boone's neighbour's dog Wellington, which is the catalyst for Christopher's murder mystery novel, Who Killed Wellington? It is through the process of writing this story that Christopher makes many life changing discoveries. While trying to find his notebook, which his father confiscated, Christopher stumbles upon the hidden letters from his supposedly dead mother. Until this moment, Christopher had believed his mother had died of a heart attack, as his father told him. Mr Boone also confesses to killing Wellington. As Christopher abhors untruthfulness and cannot tell lies himself, Christopher becomes distrustful of his father. He also is terrified of Mr Boone, as says, "I have to get out of the house. Father had murdered Wellington. That meant he could murder me, because I couldn't trust him… because he had told a lie about a big thing". Truth is vitally important to Christopher, and when his father lie to him...

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